Never a dull coat

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As the story often goes… the Berlin Jacket by Tessuti wasn’t on my radar and then I tried on Jane’s version and it quickly moved to the top of my ‘to sew’ list.  It was a total queue jumper.

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I purchased this gorgeous orange boiled wool from The Drapery last year with the view to making a short lined jacket.  When it arrived it was so divine, I instantly ordered a second piece so that I could make a long jacket.

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Initially, I had the fabric earmarked for a Japanese pattern, but after lots of deliberation the Berlin was triumphant.  It was totally the right decision.

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The Berlin Jacket is a great pattern:

  •  It is relatively quick to sew as the seams don’t require finishing and there are no fastenings
  •  The construction is just like Tessuti’s Sydney Jacket (ie. the seams are overlapped).
  •  The fit is great
  •  It is easy to wear… more like a cardigan than a jacket

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The jacket is designed so the that sleeves are rolled up to reveal the sleeve facings.  My preference was to wear the sleeves long, so I removed 3/8 inch (1cm) from the sleeve length before adding the cuffs.

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The other minor change I made to the pattern was to raised the pockets by 1 inch (2.5cm).  As I’m a little short in the arm department, I might raise them a touch more if I were to make this again.

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Now this isn’t a jacket for the depths of Melbourne’s winter (I learnt that the hard way today), but it sure is a great addition to my wardrobe and I can’t help but feel cheery when I put it on.

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Pattern:  Tessuti’s Berlin Jacket
Size:  XS
Fabric: 
Boiled wool from The Drapery [sold out]
Alterations: 
Lowered the pockets by 1 inch (2.5cm) and shortened the sleeves by 3/8 inch (1cm)
Accessories:  Scarf from Scarlet Jones
Location:  Daylesford

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